While pesto sauce is a delicious Italian classic used for pasta, you can use it in many other different ways. From drizzling on roasted veggies to spreading on sandwiches to dressing salads, pesto is a fresh way of livening up any meal. Use pesto sauce in your pastas, on your pizzas or as a marinade for chicken or fish.
Traditionally made with fresh basil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, pesto can be made with a variety of herbs (or leafy greens), nuts and cheeses. Use this recipe for a classic pesto sauce, or get creative with your ingredients using the tips below.
Now that you have the basics, experiment with a variety of herbs, nuts or seeds, oils and cheeses. Simply use the same portions listed in the original recipe, and combine various ingredients to create your own delicious sauce. For a highly nutritious sauce, you can use leafy greens in combination with your favorite herbs.
Herbs: basil, flat-leaf parsley, cilantro, sage, mint, tarragon.
Leafy greens: kale, spinach, arugula. Note: If making pesto with kale, incorporate an herb such as basil or parsley for best result.
Cheeses: Parmesan, Gruyere, aged white cheddar, Asiago.
Nuts and seeds: pine nuts, raw walnuts, raw cashews, roasted almonds, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds.
Oils: Extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, pumpkin oil.